Strategies for Better Performance in a Job Interview

Are you a student appearing for your campus placements soon? Or are you someone who is appearing for a job interview that is very crucial to your career?  Well, surely you are pretty very good at your subject and quite skilled at what you do. But in a job interview, you don’t actually get to prove your subject skills, but use your soft skills to demonstrate how good you are.

4 Rules to follow while answering in the job interview:

  1. Be Spontaneous:

Being spontaneous is one of the most appreciated soft skills in an interview. However, spontaneity comes with awareness. A quick tip to handle extempore situations would be to prepare a phrase and use it when you are suddenly confused. For example, if you are asked ‘Why should we hire you?’ You can answer ‘It’s not about taking a chance, but about giving a chance.’ You can then take a second or two to think of an elaborate answer to the question posed. You can use the same answer in different situations depending on the context. Prepare one- liners yourself and be ready during the time.

Add a bit of general knowledge with your subject skills and try to answer in a practical way. There’s no specific way to be spontaneous as it’s different for each and every person. Trust your gut and be modest.

  1. Exemplify:

Any answer becomes doubly impressive when you explain it by turning the theory into a simple real-life example. Plus, answering via personal experiences also goes a long way in reflecting your understanding of the subject.

  1. Keep it Crisp:

Give specific and brief answers and skip the details. You need to be able to critically think before replying to a question. Interpret what you’re asked clearly, and it’s okay to ask them to repeat in case you did not understand properly. Give reasonable and adequate answers by keeping aside the details that do not contribute to the answer directly.

  1. Be Honest and Polite:

If you do not know the answer to a question or feel differently about a concept, be honest about it without being patronizing. It is best to accept that you are unaware than to fake your way through. It is also very important to be polite to not just your interviewer, but also to all the people you happen to interact. A positive attitude and politeness show that you’re empathetic, which is a quality not just in a prospective employee, but also a prospective leader.